Instructor: Andrea Gleason
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and strengthening of our muscles.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style like Vinyasa. Yin exercise strengthens, lengthens, and hydrates our these deeper, dense Yin tissues in the lower back, legs, hips, pelvis, and spine, keeping our bodies flexible and mobile. Postures are seated and supine and may make use of the wall.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite, passive, or soft, yin practice can actually be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. You may remain in the postures anywhere from 1 to 8 minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about.
“It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga”